Woman, 61, ends attempt to swim from Cuba to U.S.

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Woman, 61, ends attempt to swim from Cuba to U.S.

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 9, 2011

HAVANA (AP)Wind conditions and less than ideal currents promptedmarathon swimmer Diana Nyad to end her second bid to swim from Cuba to theFlorida Keys about halfway through her journey early Tuesday.Elaine Lafferty, who was on the boat according to Nyads blog, posted onTwitter: Its over. Lafferty said the combination of factors was too muchto safely continue. According to the Twitter feed, Nyad was pulled from the water early in themorning after swimming for 29 hours. The swim was expected to take 60 hours tocover at least 103 miles (166 kilometers).It felt like this was my moment, a quote attributed to Nyad on herTwitter feed said. I dont feel like a failure at all. But we needed a littlemore luck.The Twitter account reported she decided to end the swim herself, afterrealizing the conditions of 5 to 10 knot winds and less than ideal currents.An online chart plotting the swims track showed the Gulf Stream currentspushing Nyad to the east of the intended course. Nyad had hoped to end her swimat Southernmost Point in Key West, Fla.According to the Twitter feed, Nyad was on a support boat after ending theswim and wrapped in blankets. The boat arrived at Key West early Tuesday.In her second attempt, Nyad tried to accomplish at 61 years old what shefailed to do at 28 in 1978. This time, she even attempted the swim without ashark cage, relying instead on an electrical field from equipment towed bykayakers to keep them at bay.In her first attempt in 1978, she quit after being in the water for 41 hoursand 49 minutes due to strong currents and rough weather that banged her aroundin the shark cage.Had the latest attempt been successful, Nyad would have broken her ownrecord of 102.5 miles (165 kilometers) for a cageless, open-sea swim, set in1979 when she stroked from the Bahamas to Florida.Before the swim, Nyad told journalists she hoped her swim would inspireothers her age to live active lives. She said she also hoped it could helpimprove understanding between Cold War rivals Cuba and the United States, evenif just symbolically.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!